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The dogs must have known something was wrong. As hours, then days passed, they must have waited by the door, listening to the town’s sudden silence, wondering when their masters would return home.In the early hours of April 27, 1986, the people of Pripyat were told to evacuate their town. Something had gone wrong at the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. People were already getting sick. They could take their important documents and food with them. Nothing more.As nearly 50,000 of them climbed onto buses, many ended up leaving their family pets behind. It probably didn’t seem like such a big deal — officials had told them they could return in just a couple of days. But they’d never come home again.That was 31 years ago. Today, the original inhabitants of Pripyat are long since gone. But the pets — the pets are still there. Two stray dogs with an old cooling tower in the background. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images. Well, their descendants are, at least. About 900 stray dogs live in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone — 1,000 square miles of restricted, still-partially contaminated Ukrainian forest about two hours north of Kiev. The radiation is high enough that visitors are limited in the amount of time they’re allowed to stay. An abandoned building in Pripyat, within the exclusion zone. Photo from Sean Gallup/Getty Images. Many of the dogs live around the power plant, which puts them in contact with the men and women working on sealing it. And that’s a problem. Several thousand people work in the exclusion zone every day. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images. The workers are there to build the sarcophagus, a huge steel and concrete structure that will seal off the still-dangerous former nuclear power plant. The dogs have learned to rely on the workers and the increasing number of tourists for food. Without humans, the dogs would have to compete with other forest animals for food. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images. But for every pup who is friendly towards or at least t
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If nothing changes, southern Spain will be a desert by 2100. If you’re headed to the beach in southern Spain, this probably isn’t what you’re envisioning: Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. In July, this duo was spotted sunbathing at the Entrepenas reservoir in Duron, the second largest reservoir in Spain.And the pics really are worth a thousand words. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. The reservoir has shrunken dramatically as water levels drop. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. The receding water has given way to cracked, arid soil… Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. …and abandoned relics reflecting a region that once revolved around life on the water. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. Like the reservoir itself, tourism, and the local economy that benefits from it, are drying up too. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. So, what the heck is going on at the Entrepenas reservoir? Where has all the water gone? Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. The area’s severe drought and dusty countryside are indicative of a larger force shaping landscapes across southern Spain. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. Yep, you guessed it: climate change. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. A 2016 study spelled disaster for the lush Mediterranean region due to human activity.By 2100, southern Spain will have transformed into a desert, researchers have found — unless drastic measures are taken, like, now, to slash carbon emissions to curb the worsening effects of global warming. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images. “The effect of the human is to deforest, to replace with agriculture and so on,” lead author of the study, Joel Guiot of Aix-Marseille University, told The Guardian last year.”You change the vegetation cover, the albedo, the humidity in the soil, and you will emphasize the drought when you do that,” he continued, noting the Medi
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In 1997, ecologists Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs approached an orange juice company in Costa Rica with an off-the-wall idea. In exchange for donating a portion of unspoiled, forested land to the Área de Conservación Guanacaste — a nature preserve in the country’s northwest — the park would allow the company to dump its discarded orange peels and pulp, free of charge, in a heavily grazed, largely deforested area nearby. One year later, one thousand trucks poured into the national park, offloading over 12,000 metric tons of sticky, mealy, orange compost onto the worn-out plot. The first deposit of orange peels in 1996. Photo by Dan Janzen. The site was left untouched and largely unexamined for over a decade. A sign was placed to ensure future researchers could locate and study it. 16 years later, Janzen dispatched graduate student Timothy Treuer to look for the site where the food waste was dumped. Treuer initially set out to locate the large placard that marked the plot — and failed.”It’s a huge sign, bright yellow lettering. We should have been able to see it,” Treuer says. After wandering around for half an hour with no luck, he consulted Janzen, who gave him more detailed instructions on how to find the plot.When he returned a week later and confirmed he was in the right place, Treuer was floored. Compared to the adjacent barren former pastureland, the site of the food waste deposit was “like night and day.” The site of the orange peel deposit (R) and adjacent pastureland (L). Photo by Leland Werden. “It was just hard to believe that the only difference between the two areas was a bunch of orange peels. They look like completely different ecosystems,” he explains.The area was so thick with vegetation he still could not find the sign.Treuer and a team of researchers from Princeton University studied the site over the course of the following three years. The results, published in the journal “Restoration Ecology,” highlight just how completely the discarded
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